River, Coast & Creek – An Exploration of Maritime Essex

River, Coast & Creek - an Exploration of Maritime Essex

Packed with sketches and colourful maps, this delightful and engaging book is the third in the trilogy on East Anglia’s maritime past.

Using the five main rivers of Essex as a framework, it dives into many aspects of the maritime world and its history, taking the reader on an unpredictable and fascinating journey from the lost world of Doggerland and the development of modern humans, to yacht building on the River Colne. With stories from the age-old tradition of smuggling to the secret building and mysterious disappearance of a pocket submarine at Wivenhoe. The book is illustrated throughout with the author’s sketches and coloured maps, while red herrings appear cheerfully throughout the text flagging up interesting facts.


About the Book

Essex is edged with mudflats and saltmarsh, marginal spaces tht are neither sea nor land. That sense of an unclear boundary is a recurring theme in this exploration of maritime history, in which creatures half-fish and half-animal were thought to haunt the oceans and the bed of the North Sea was once an inhabited country.

Illustrated throughout with the author’s sketches, this unusual book takes you on a glorious and unpredictable journey from prehistory through to the end of the great days of sail, when the railways and the diesel engine changed the world forever.

The author lives in Norfolk and has a fascination with the North Sea coast. her lifelong passion for traditional sail, her love of sketching and her abiding interest in history have combined to produce this delightful and engaging book.


“Here is someone who is able to put her enchantment of this most mysterious, shifting landscape into lovely, flowing prose” 

Stefan Meyrick-Hughes, Classic Boat Magazine

“The book explores the geology and history of the Essex coast with excursions into many areas. Doggerland, sailing barge culture, mermaids and sea monsters; and in the process it populates those vast expanses of marsh and sky with people and events that fill them with life and interest.”

Sam Llewellyn, The Marine Quarterly

“This is the third in a trilogy on the East Anglian coastline. It is a wonderful medley as she goes off at a tangent time after time to fill in colour what makes the Essex coast what it is, accompanied by her sketches and sketch maps. Here are geology, with the inundation of what has become the North Sea, human evolution, the Cinque ports, the Hudson Bay Company, smuggling, Anglo-Saxons, oysters and classic yacht racing. You can almost smell the tar and seaweed.
This is an understated coast, nowhere better described than in this wonderful set of three books.”

Stuart Fisher, The Canoeist